Laois soccer club team up with local hospital for fundraiser

first_img Laois soccer club team up with local hospital for fundraiser Facebook Previous articleTributes paid to the late Betty Peters who showed ‘great dignity’ after ‘terrible tragedy’Next articleDiary of a Stuck at Home Mum: Cutting hair, tractors and sleep deprivation Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. Home Sport Soccer Laois soccer club team up with local hospital for fundraiser SportSoccer Electric Picnic Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Electric Picnic WhatsApp A Laois soccer club has teamed up with a local hospital for a fundraiser which will take place next weekend.Mountmellick United have joined forces with St Vincent’s Hospital in the town for a joint fundraising venture.The club will run a 24-hour penalty challenge from 6pm on Friday July 17 to 6pm on Saturday July 18.Players past and present will be taking penalties around the clock for 24 hours.Starting with the senior ladies team at 6pm, players will try to score 2,400 penalties by 6pm the following night.That is an average of two successful penalties every minute and adults will do the night shift with juveniles taking over from 9am onwards.While the final kick of the event will be reserved for a guest of honour.Chairman Tom Christle explained: “Over the Coronavirus shutdown, we carried out a number of works at our club grounds.“We spent €11,000 on a new drainage system for our pitches while the clubhouse in Conor Davis Park received a makeover and a brand new car park.“At the same time, the staff in St Vincent’s were working hard to keep people safe and well during the Covid-19 pandemic.“So, half of what we raise will go directly to them too.“We like every other club have been hugely affected by the lack of income during Covid 19. We need to ensure the gates of Conor Davis Park stay open for our future generations.”You can donate to the fundraiser below: SEE ALSO – Second place for Laois makeup star on BBC’s ‘Glow Up’ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsAppcenter_img Facebook Pinterest Twitter By Alan Hartnett – 8th July 2020 News Twitter Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role TAGSMountmellick UnitedSt Vincent’s Mountmellick Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Pinterestlast_img read more

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World Bank Commends Government, Says Focus must be Placed on Growth

first_imgRelatedWorld Bank Commends Government, Says Focus must be Placed on Growth FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The World Bank has commended the Government’s efforts to overcome the global recession and stabilise the economy, noting that the country must now look towards growth and development.“Now that the Government has established a more stable macro framework, the private sector and the people will see the difference in the country,” said World Bank Lead Economist and Sector Leader for Poverty Reduction and Economic Management for the Caribbean, Dr. Auguste Kouame.He was making a presentation entitled: ‘Jamaica and the World Bank’s Development Policy Loans: Transitioning from Global Recession and High Debt to Economic Growth’ on Wednesday (Sept. 22) at the Mona School of Business, University of the West Indies campus.Recently, the World Bank approved US$600 million in Development Policy Loans (DPLs) to Jamaica, one of the largest such loans to a country relative to the size of its gross domestic product (GDP). Jamaica has so far accessed US$300 million of the amount, which comprises US$100 million in January 2009 and another US$200 million in February 2010.DPLs are designed primarily to help the country achieve sustainable poverty reduction. The loan funds are also used to support general budget financing and help to avoid the need for government to borrow heavily from commercial banks and the capital markets, which command higher interest rates.They also aim to protect expenditures on critical social programmes such as the Programme for Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH); strengthen the tax administration and tax revenue generating capacity of the Government; as well as maintain a minimum level of public investment.The World Bank is but one of the multilateral institutions, which provide “fiscal space” in support of the Government’s economic recovery programme, with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) focused on the critical objective of stabilising the macro-economy.The objective of the programme is to deal with the high levels of public debt, the high deficit, low revenues and inefficient expenditure. According to the World Bank Executive, the Bank agrees with all the objectives and that for the most part these objectives have been achieved.“Since the programme started, interest rates, at least the interest paid by the Government has come down very significantly. It is now seven or eight per cent on Treasury Bills. So, interest rates that the government was paying on .on average for domestic debt came down from 19 and 20 per cent to eight per cent. Interest rates on external debt came down from nine to seven per cent. So these are significant reductions and in terms of the economy. This is very good progress,” Dr. Kouame explained.He observed that Jamaica’s performance under the first “Programmatic Fiscal Sustainability DPL” had made it possible for the debt exchange without a drastic cut in critical and well targeted social expenditures; the achievement of increased fiscal discipline; and a reduction in the country’s debt service cost.He said that the next steps will involve an assessment of the progress achieved and discussions with the Government with respect to the timing and policies to be supported by the second programmatic DPL. RelatedWorld Bank Commends Government, Says Focus must be Placed on Growth RelatedWorld Bank Commends Government, Says Focus must be Placed on Growthcenter_img World Bank Commends Government, Says Focus must be Placed on Growth Finance & Public ServiceSeptember 24, 2010 Advertisementslast_img read more

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Stagecoach drivers raise over £26,000

first_imgDrivers from Stagecoach North East have raised £26,500 for charity, by dressing as Santa Claus while on driving duties.From Sunderland: (l-r) Andrew Ballentine and Oz McCormack (Stagecoach), Lucy King (Alzheimer’s Society), Adelle Steinberg and Jessica Remmer, Catrina Flynn (St Benedict’s Hospice) and Carl Steinberg (Stagecoach)Based at depots in South Shields, Newcastle, Sunderland, Hartlepool and Teesside, the drivers raised money for ten different charities across the region.Sunderland driver Oz McCormack, says: “The charities were chosen by the employees and offer much needed support in our local community, we are very proud to have helped them in this way.”last_img read more

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ASK A COP — Not illegal to play Pokémon in vehicle

first_img Join Officer Antoine for Ask A Cop Live on KSAP 96.9 FM, “The Breeze” radio station, every Tuesday for 1.5 hours from 1–2:30 p.m. Tune in and listen as Officer Antoine discusses in detail the newly released Ask A Cop article that printed in The News. You can also tune in via Internet at www.ksapthebreeze.org. Feel free to call in and ask your question live to Officer Antoine at 409-982-0247. Remember to email your questions to [email protected], or call 409-983-8673 and leave a message or voice mail question, or mail them to: Ofc. Rickey Antoine, 645 Fourth St., Port Arthur, Texas, 77640. If you happen to see me in public you can Ask A Cop! Debra from Port Neches asks: Officer Antoine I’ve been wanting to ask you a question for some time now about playing games while in a motor vehicle. My son got me hooked on a game called Pokémon and now I love to play Pokémon. This game involves traveling some distance from place to place trying to locate the different Pokémon. I can understand that it probably looks strange to onlookers for a car to drive in circles and start and stop frequently, but is it illegal to play this sort of game while on the roads in Texas?Answer: Good question, Debra! The mere thought of playing a game while on the roadways of Texas gives me nightmares, but currently there is no law in the Texas Transportation Code that outlaws playing Pokémon while operating a motor vehicle. Debra, believe me when I tell you that you’re not alone being hooked on playing Pokémon. We frequently receive calls from citizens for suspicious activity from people and vehicles, and after the investigation is completed it’s found that the suspects were just playing Pokémon! Debra you can’t blame those who call the police because some strange vehicle parked in front of their home leaves and returns or goes to the other side of the street and parks. Keep in mind that this is done in the nighttime hours, and that’s when traffic is lighter and suspicious activity is observed more frequently. Debra, if you are not parking on the wrong side of the road or impeding the flow of traffic, and observing the remaining transportation codes it is totally legal to play Pokémon on the roads of Texas. Debra while playing Pokémon always be aware of your surroundings.James from Port Arthur asks: Officer Antoine I have a question regarding school zones’ flashing lights. I encountered flashing school zone lights long after the end of the school times. I’m not totally sure if we’re still supposed to obey the school zone since the lights are flashing in the school zone. I’m a law-abiding citizen and respect our school zones for the safety of our children. Are we always supposed to obey the flashing lights in the school zones? Answer: Good question James! Thanks for striving to be part of the solution of the traveling problem we have in Port Arthur and Southeast Texas. James you’re not alone. Many motorists aren’t quite sure what to do when the flashing yellow school zones warning lights flash after the posted school zone times. I know I’m right because I pass motorist often who drive the school zone speed limit at 6 p.m. when the light are off the timer! James the flashing yellow lights in a school zone are an attention-grabber — they are for caution. The yellow lights are not the law. Now, the times that are posted on the sign? THEY are the law! James you should operate your vehicle always in accordance to the times on the sign, not according to the lights, because the lights may malfunction and not come on at the beginning of the school zone time or stop flashing at the end of school zone time. But the sign times in school zones will always be the same morning, noon and night!Helen from Port Arthur asks: Officer Antoine, my husband and I are always getting into a disagreement when he drives because he doesn’t seem to understand the meaning of the white line at an intersection. Please help us once and for all settle this dilemma Officer Antoine, because he always stops over the white line! What is the white line at an intersection for?Answer: Good question, Helen! I think I can help you and your husband with your disagreement. The solid white line at intersections seems to be a law in Texas that’s often overlooked whether knowingly or unknowingly. There’s actually a reason and law why the white lines are at intersections. Helen, the white line at an intersection is a STOP line, where motorists should STOP behind the white line. Motorists shouldn’t be stopped on any part of the solid white stop line, but behind it. Of course, the white line is at intersections for safety reasons to allow safe passage for pedestrians crossing the road, and for vehicles turning your direction to safely turn in the appropriate lane. So Helen, if your husband is stopping on or beyond the white stop line at intersections, he definitely is in violation of a state law in Texas.last_img read more

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Cambium Introduces Fixed Wireless Broadband Solution for CBRS Spectrum

first_imgCambium Networks has announced the availability of its PMP 450 Platform in the Citizens Band Radio Service (CBRS) spectrum. The PMP 450 fixed wireless broadband solution enables service providers to extend connectivity using the innovative dynamic spectrum sharing system. The platform is currently the only purpose-built fixed point-to-multipoint broadband technology approved for use in the CBRS band and therefore the only alternative to deploying complex LTE technology.CBRS capability expands Cambium Networks’ Wireless Fabric portfolio of connectivity solutions for service providers; as well as industrial, utility and local government private network operators. According to the company, the imminent availability of CBRS spectrum will create new opportunities for fixed wireless service providers. Service providers of all sizes are looking to leverage CBRS to enhance existing services and introduce new fixed wireless broadband services to better support residential, enterprise, government and industrial networking applications.Spectrum availability is one of the top constraints affecting wireless service providers. CBRS unlocks a large block of spectrum for broad commercial use. Key achievements include:FCC Part 96 Compliance of Installed Base: Network Operators currently using Cambium Network’s 3 GHz PMP 450 represent one of the largest installed bases of FCC Part 90 compliant equipment but are presently limited to the use of the 50 MHz of the FCC’s 3 GHz Part 90 spectrum. The entirety of the 3GHz PMP 450 equipment portfolio has been certified by the FCC to meet the FCC’s Part 96 standards, as required by CBRS.Rapid Deployment & Revenue Recognition: Upon release of CBRS by the FCC, network operators can immediately use the full 150 MHz of CBRS spectrum with their existing PMP 450 installed network following an automated over-the-air software upgrade, administered by Cambium Networks’ cnMaestro management platform.Proven Technology: Cambium Networks is particularly pleased with ability of its PMP 450m, exercising field proven cnMedusa Massive MU-MIMO technology with adaptive beamforming capabilities, which has now been extended to deliver high spectral efficiency and bandwidth using the CBRS shared access spectrum.According to Cambium, in tests conducted along with Federated Wireless, the CBRS solution was able to provide high spectral efficiency so that network operators can provide the most throughputs in narrow channels. As the CBRS rules evolve, the Cambium system will evolve with them to optimize Cambium’s field proven technology in these bands. If wireless ISPs and other network operators were already using the PMP 450 platform in the 3.65 GHz Part 90 band, they can now immediately expand their usable 3 GHz spectrum in FCC administered regions from 50 MHz to 150 MHz using Part 96 accredited equipment and CBRS.PMP 450 is available for ordering through Cambium Networks resellers and is fully certified to the FCC’s CBRS Part 96 rules in addition to the existing Part 90 rules in place. A firmware upgrade to open up the full 150 MHz of CBRS will be published immediately upon the FCC’s release.last_img read more

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Argentina fans turn out to party in Rio

first_imgArgentina soccer fans cheer outside Maracana Stadium as they arrive to the group F World Cup soccer match between Argentina and Bosnia in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday. AP Photo/Felipe DanaArgentina soccer fans cheer outside Maracana Stadium as they arrive to the group F World Cup soccer match between Argentina and Bosnia in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday. AP Photo/Felipe DanaRIO DE JANEIRO – Rio de Janeiro became a sea of blue and white stripes Sunday as neighbor Argentina filled the city with fans for the first World Cup game here in the Maracanã stadium and beat Bosnia and Herzegovina 2-1.Argentines, famous for their love-hate relationship with neighboring Brazil when it comes to sports, came by car, bus and plane to Rio de Janeiro, some 1,200 miles from Buenos Aires, even when they had no tickets to the game.“Every way! Even by walking, even a balloon,” joked Ernesto Sala, 40, asked how he and other Argentines came to Rio.Mariano Samarreño, 31, came here without any tickets and was only willing to pay $50 for a scalped ticket in any case. He was blasé about actually getting into the stadium. “We want a party with all the Argentine people,” he said.Argentina is the country that purchased the third largest contingent of World Cup tickets, following Brazil and the U.S. Still, many fans at Sunday’s game complained that they were only able to get tickets for games in distant Brazilian cities like Cuiabá and Manaus, each pricey flights of at least four hours from Rio de Janeiro. Many foreign fans said they had simply given up their tickets to such games.Scalping was rampant ahead of the police barriers on Sunday, though few would-be game-goers were having success.About 2,500 officers from the Rio state police forces were on duty around the stadium for the first game in the city, which will also host the final on July 13. Some 20,000 agents from federal, state and city security forces were on duty in the city as a whole.An anti-World Cup demonstration of several hundred attempted to march from nearby Saens Peña plaza to the stadium before the game, but with little luck. The protest ended with clashes with the police, as a demonstrator reportedly threw a molotov cocktail and police used tear gas and stun bombs to disperse them.Protesters in Brazil have decried the lavish expenditures on hosting the mega-event since nationwide demonstrations rocked the country last year. However, even as pessimism and resentment toward the expenditures on the event remain widespread, demonstrations have become more violent since last year’s large ones and now often attract only a few hundred people.Brazilians watched the game attentively in bars across the city, cheering as both teams scored goals in a free-for-all spirit.Even as Argentines could come over land in large numbers to the game, a smaller but highly spirited group of Bosnians, many who had moved to the U.S. and Europe during the years of conflict in the region, had come to Rio to support their team.This was the first World Cup Bosnia has qualified for since independence, taking on a special significance for a generation shaped by the war.“It’s a big moment for us. I hoped we could get one play in Maracanã. And it’s against Argentina! It’s a dream,” said Rijad Muharemovic, 28, a history student watching the game at a bar draped in a Bosnia flag. He said he had been to parties in Rio with more than 500 Bosnians sharing his pride in their team simply being in the tournament. He was unconcerned about the fact that they were likely to lose to Argentina. “It’s like a win right now. There is nothing to lose now.”last_img read more

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Paraguay win Women’s World Cup

first_img22 January 2007Paraguay, playing in the Women’s World Cup of Golf for the first time, stunned the other 21 competing countries at Sun City, to win the event by a big seven-shot margin. The United States finished second, with South Korea in third, and South Africa tied for sixteenth.Paraguay has only six golf courses in the entire country, but the tournament rookies made their mark from the opening round of singles, carding a 69 and a 70 to register a tournament record five-under-par for the opening round.Celeste Troche, who has only conditional non-exempt status on the LPGA Tour, fired a three-under 69 over the Gary Player Country Club course, while Julieta Granada, a rising star on the LPGA, went around in 70.Wire-to-wire victoryIn the alternate foursomes, played on Saturday, the Paraguayans posted a 75, before sealing a convincing wire-to-wire victory on Sunday with a seven-under-par 65 in betterball competition. That left them on nine-under-par 279, well clear of the USA, represented by the experienced duo of Juli Inkster and Pat Hurst.“Hopefully this win will boost golf back home in Paraguay and get the young girls interested,” said Granada, who won the LPGA’s season-ending ADT Championship to pocket a record $1-million.Looking back on her experience at Sun City, Granada said: “The people are so good. The crowds were awesome this week. They were cheering us on and they liked our outfits. It was a lot of fun. And the baboons. I liked the baboons. They are all my friends.”‘The whole resort is just amazing’Troche loved her experience at the world-famous resort. She said: “The hotel was fantastic. I’ve never been in a place like that. The whole resort is just amazing.”The USA’s Inkster, a Golf Hall of Fame member, complemented the South Americans on their victory. “Paraguay deserved to win. They played great three days in a row,” she said.The opening day of singles left the Americans in a hole from which they were unable to recover at they turned in rounds of 74 and 75, which left them 10 shots adrift of the Paraguayans. A 70 in the third round, the best score of any team, pulled them back to within five shots of the winners.South Korea secured third-place on 287 after matching the USA with a final round 67. Their third-round performance, a five-over 77, kept them from passing the Americans.Scotland, runners-up at Sun City in 2006, tied for fourth with Italy.Hosts’ struggleHosts South Africa never managed to mount any sort of challenge after a poor opening round in the singles, with Laurette Maritz posting a 77 and Ashleigh Simon a 78. In the alternate foursomes they combined for a 78 before closing strongly with a 66 in the betterball competition.Assessing South Africa’s showing, Laurette Maritz said: “We tried a bit too hard on the first day. We should have just stayed steady. But we really came back on the final day.”South Africa’s 301 tied them for sixteenth with last year’s champions Sweden and Spain.Results 279 – Paraguay (Troche, Granada) 69-70-75-65286 – United States (Hurst, Inkster) 74-75-70-67287 – Korea (Shin, Young) 71-72-77-67289 – Scotland (McKay, Moodie) 69-76-76-68; Italy (Sergas, Zorzi) 72-73-73-71291 – Australia (Wright, Garrett) 72-76-74-69293 – Taiwan (Hung, Ling) 71-79-77-66294 – Wales (Brewerton, Morgan) 74-74-78-68295 – England (Johnson, Davies) 76-78-74-67296 – New Zealand (Brooky, McKinnon) 72-74-77-73; Finland (Kuosa, Hakkarainen) 74-76-72-74297 – Brazil (Hanneman, Iida) 77-77-72-71299 – France (Nocera, Arricau) 78-79-73-69300 – Japan (Ueda, Moromizato) 77-78-78-67; Denmark (Juul, Tinning) 74-75-83-68301 – South Africa (Maritz, Simon) 77-80-78-66; Spain (Elosegui, Sanchez) 77-78-80-66 308; Sweden ( Alfredsson, Koch) 78-79-81-70313 – Germany (Monke, Simon) 72-93-73-75; Norway (Saether, Skarpnord) 80-80-75-78315 – Ireland (Kavanagh, Coakley) 80-80-80-75339 – Kenya (Njoroge, Naliaka) 81-88-91-79last_img read more

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Yahoo Gives IMAP Access to All Users Through Zimbra Desktop

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Just last week, we wrote about rumors that Google would be bringing offline access to Gmail and Google Calendar using Gears very soon. Today, Yahoo announced that it will be giving offline access to all free and paid Yahoo Mail users through the Yahoo Zimbra Desktop. This is the first time that all Yahoo users get offline access to their accounts. Zimbra Desktop is available on Windows, Mac, and Linux.IMAP for AllUntil now, only users with paid Yahoo Plus accounts had POP access to their email. Now, all Yahoo users will get offline access to their accounts through the Zimbra Desktop via the arguably superior IMAP protocol.Yahoo bought the email and messaging company Zimbra for $350 million in September 2007, soon after Zimbra had launched its offline capabilities. The Zimbra Desktop runs on top of Prism, a Mozilla Labs product, which, just like Gears, is meant to allow users offline access to their web applications.Besides working with Yahoo mail, Zimbra also supports all other IMAP and POP capable accounts, as well as, of course, accounts hosted on a Zimbra server. Zimbra has predefined settings for Gmail, AOL, and Yahoo accounts. Still BetaAfter one alpha and two beta releases under Yahoo, Zimbra is still calling this new version a beta, but given that fact that they are releasing it to all Yahoo users, the company must feel pretty good about the stability of the application. In our tests, we did not experience any crashes or other problems with the Windows and Linux client, though we did not test the Mac version.The Zimbra Blog also lists a large number of other updates and new features to the application, including built-in notifications, minimize to tray on Windows, showing the number of new mails in the tray, and a few other minor updates.Only MailOne thing that is still sorely missing though (or at least we couldn’t find it), is syncing calendars, tasks, files, contacts, etc. Yahoo is surely planning to do this in a future release, but right now, this does reduce the usefulness of the Zimbra Desktop quite a bit.Why Zimbra Only?The big news, however, is definitely that all Yahoo users now have offline access to their email accounts. Of course, cynics might point out that all Yahoo would have to do is flip one switch and all its users could just use any email client they wanted for offline access. Those same cynics might point out that Yahoo is mostly doing this to justify the $300 million investment in Zimbra. However, at least Yahoo’s users now have one option to get offline access to their messages. Related Posts Tags:#Messaging Services#news#web#Yahoo A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… frederic lardinois 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

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Opera for the iPhone? We Sure Hope So.

first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement mike melanson At the time of this writing, it’s been just over two hours, 21 minutes and 14 seconds since Opera submitted Opera Mini to Apple for inclusion in the iTunes App Store. How do we know this? Opera is putting Apple’s notoriously slow response time and browser monopoly on center stage today as part of its announcement that it is coming to the iPhone. Opera first announced that it was planning to bring its mobile browser to the iPhone at the beginning of February. As we noted then, Apple’s response is uncertain, as it has yet to allow any browsers that use alternative rendering engines on the iPhone. While other apps work on top of Safari, there are no other independent browsers.Opera Mini is already available for Symbian and Android and Mozilla has been working on apps for Android and Windows Mobile.A primary difference between Opera and Safari is the browser’s server-side rendering, which downloads a web page to a server and compresses it before sending it to the client, in this case your phone, for viewing. This method can reduce page load-times dramatically and could be even more important for mobile browsing than it is for web viewing at home.The following sneak-peek video shows a full-featured, tabbed browser that certainly looks a lot faster than Apple’s native Safari.Even if we end up trying Opera Mini and decide to stick with Safari, in the end we feel it’s always better to have options when it comes to software and platforms. But then again, that’s not exactly what Apple is known for, is it?Hopefully, Opera Mini will pass muster and it will be the beginning of the browser revolution for the iPhone – or, at very least, we’ll have two browsers to choose from.Don’t miss the ReadWriteWeb Mobile Summit on May 7th in Mountain View, California! We’re at a key point in the history of mobile computing right now – we hope you’ll join us, and a group of the most innovative leaders in the mobile industry, to discuss it. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …center_img Related Posts Tags:#Apple#Browsers#mobile#news#web Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaceslast_img read more

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Why The Iowa Digital Driver’s License Seems So Cool—And Scary

first_imgSmartphones have gone from communications tools to our front door keys, light switches, remote controls, credit cards—and now driver’s licenses, at least in Iowa. According to the Des Moines Register, Iowa’s Department of Transportation will offer digital driver’s licenses via a free mobile app that will launch next year. The virtual version will be as legally valid as the physical IDs currently sitting in Iowans’ wallets, but infinitely cooler—the on-screen versions will feature animated headshots that rotate in place. People use their phones for everything these days, so storing a driver’s license in there too seems very convenient. But the pros come with some potential cons that—if not properly addressed—could turn these virtual licenses into a ticket to some scary scenarios. See also: Cops Give Away Spyware And Tell Families It’s For Their “Safety”Identity CrisisThere aren’t many details yet, but Iowa DOT Director Paul Trombino describes the software as a highly secure “identity vault app.” The user will be required to enter a PIN code before the digital license gets displayed. Law enforcement officers will accept the onscreen version as a legitimate form of identification at traffic stops or airport screening points in the state. The program will not be mandatory, however, so if residents don’t want the new licenses with GIF-like headshots, they can stick with the traditional, static cards. There are valid reasons why they might. Government-led technology initiatives don’t always go smoothly, and there are high stakes in matters of identity. Trombino may boast about the app’s security now, but it would need to be essentially hackproof, with heavy duty measures to guard against unauthorized tampering or even intentional counterfeiting of its digital assets. Matters of PrivacyThen there’s the pesky proposition of people handing over their phones to police officers. While the Supreme Court ruled against warrantless cell phone searches last summer (though not Canada), it’s not clear whether giving devices to law enforcement officers constitutes consent in the eyes of the law. Andrea Henry, the Iowa DOT’s director of strategic communication, told CNET her department is working on ways to allay those privacy concerns. That may involve the police scanning the license while the phone stays in the owner’s hand, or figuring out how to “lock the rest of your phone and only leave the driver’s license app open,” she said. The latter would be difficult, if not impossible, to pursue. Apple doesn’t allow third parties to have that much control over its iPhone—a device that claims 41.7 percent of U.S. smartphone subscribers. The company makes safeguarding user data from law enforcement a priority, and it’s not likely to grant the cops system access now, no matter the reason. See also: Tim Cook Is Keeping Your Apple Data Safe From The CopsIf Iowa doesn’t have all the answers, it’s because there’s no precedent for this yet. More than 30 states—including Iowa—accept electronic proof of insurance, but motorists in the state are set to be the first in the nation to carry digital driver’s licenses. In a sense, that makes Iowa a test case, giving the rest of the country a glimpse of what the future may hold. Mock-up based on photo courtesy of Iowa Department of Transportation Related Posts adriana lee Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologycenter_img Tags:#driver’s license#Iowa#mobile app#online identity#police Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …last_img read more

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